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Initial post: 1 Apr 2013 22:46:43 BDT
What criteria could you use to apply to all religions in order to work out which ones have correct beliefs, and, which one is true? The proposed answers in brackets below are only example answers, not my serious answers ok!

Do you look for which religion has the most peacable followers? (I.e., Neo-paganism, Buddhism)

Do you look for the ones with the oldest beliefs? (I.e., polytheistic paganism and animism?)

Do you look for the ones with the best logical arguments? (i.e., pantheism, atheism?)

Do you look for ones with fewest internal disagreements, contradictions and sects?

In reality, I know why most people "pick" their religion:

* It is the religion they were brought up with.

It seems to me that because of the huge numbers of different religions, most people are brought up with a wrong and untrue religion. So why is it that most people do not ask important questions about their religion?

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2013 23:11:39 BDT
richard says:
well either the religion they were brought up with or the one that finds them. it's interesting how some religious groups seek out people that might be 'susceptible to their teachings. religious groups that operate within universities seeking out vulnerable students or hanging out in places where they can meet young people who are on their own (travelling or in a new country/city) and befriend them. there are many situations where people are vulnerable to the persuasion of others and where to be told that god loves and cares for them is very appealing especially when befriended and told by sincere friendly people.

how many people who are really happy with their life seek out religion compared with those that are troubled?

so either the one that we are brought up with or the one that finds and comforts us, making us feel of worth when we are vulnerable and down.

Posted on 1 Apr 2013 23:29:37 BDT
Bellatori says:
How do you pick which religion is true?

Well there are two strategies here...

Firstly, wait until you die. If you regain a level of consciousness thereafter you can check to see who is top dog. On the other hand if you simply rot away then all that time you spent on your knees was probably wasted.

Secondly, should you be unwilling to play afterlife roulette you could try asking each of the religions for evidence of their God(s). Clearly the one that has the real McCoy will quickly present this irrefutable evidence to you and there you are.

What could be easier than that?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 00:02:04 BDT
Please Vexon, forget about choosing a religion. Religion is about man's way of translating our thoughts and emotions into an orderly fashion. Instead, look into your heart; spend a day sitting in a garden that has flowers and insects and animals etc., with your favorite slurp, and instead of asking God for any help, just talk to Him. If we accept that there is only one God then only the real God will answer you. They may not be the answers you are looking for, and the answers may not come to you immediately; but find the Trust you share with a loved one, and at least Trust the only God that exsists to answer you and give you more questions you haven't even asked yet.
So until then, relax. Be the best person you can be to everyone you meet and know. Treat them the way you would like to treated, spend some quiet, peaceful time alone with your thoughts and nature, share what you will in open prayer to whoever the real God is and HE will answer you. I promise.
I was where you are now, once, many years ago, and I kept my radar up and running, listening for any answers that may come my way. Then suddenly, about 2 months later, BAM! Give all your thoughts to Him and He will give you all you need in your life, including all the answers you are looking for. It WILL happen for you.

Posted on 2 Apr 2013 02:19:32 BDT
Chuck Pointer - your answer, in short, is: introspection.

Surely this is a route to wishful-thinking? Whereby you come to accept that religion which seems most pleasing or hopeful, rather than selecting one on the basis of what is true? Think of a billion people in China, many of them would have no inkling at all that they could sit down and "talk" to a conscious universal creator being... for them, your method is illegible. The chances are, most people, if just given "introspection" as a method for finding the truth, would arrive at conclusions that look really rather like the same conclusions offered by the culture around them. It seems like a path to find subjective affirmation of what you already thought was true, not a path to find any particular religion.

Posted on 2 Apr 2013 04:35:46 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 08:45:49 BDT
Bellatori says:
Simone says: "... follows the dragon..." a mythical beast... which rather says it all.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 09:23:01 BDT
Bellatori says:
"Then suddenly, about 2 months later, BAM!"

You had a minor brain haemorrhage?
Someone hit you in the face with a wet mackerel?...
You heard voices in your head?

When a child of four says that they have an invisible friend that they talk to, it is kind of cute. When this is an adult then it is time to talk to a psychiatrist. Peter Sutcliffe 'The Yorkshire Ripper' heard voices. Was that God talking to him?

As Vexen C pointed out, it is quite amazing how often this 'voice' tells us exactly what we want to hear. How it all fits in with our current physical and emotional situation.

Whilst I was being slightly facetious in my original post I was also being partway serious. The first method is guaranteed but from a strategic planning point of view is somewhat lacking. The second is the real thing and I believe we have the answer. Religion has been around for at least 10000 years documented and undoubtedly far longer in the form of spiritualism, animism etc. Apart from the fact that, as Robert Heinlein pointed out
"I've never understood how God could expect His creatures to pick the one true religion by faith - it strikes me as a sloppy way to run a universe." would not any religion that had a real proof of the existence of God(s) be not only shouting it from the roof tops but would surely successfully proselytise all others? Where is the evidence?

Are voices in the head all there is?

Posted on 2 Apr 2013 12:57:09 BDT
Spin says:
One does not "pick" a religion; One is led, quite unintentionally, towards a set of beliefs based on, and concerning, ones physical and intellectual experiences. If one "shops" around for a belief, then one is not ready to adhere to a belief. A belief/Faith is not chosen, it is lived.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 13:06:28 BDT
Bellatori says:
Sadly you may well be right. I would personally like to see people really 'pick' their religion. I have to admit that most people simply fall into a religion and then claim faith to which I would respond (as RAH) "Faith strikes me as intellectual laziness." and for most I think that is true. There is a minority (I would claim) whose faith is founded on true belief (how is beyond me but that is not the point) and for whom I have true regard but they are IMHO that small minority.

Posted on 2 Apr 2013 13:10:19 BDT
1) Write them all on bits of paper.
2) Stick them in a hat, or bag, whichever you prefer.
3) Draw one out.

If first pick doesn't seem appealing or you get bored - repick !!


Posted on 2 Apr 2013 13:18:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Apr 2013 13:21:07 BDT
See who has the nicest door-to-door knockers.
If they don't knock on your door, then they're not doing it right.

See who does the most charity work.

Who has the smallest bank account.

Who has the best religious accessories - will that necklace go with that hat ? Does the turban come in a colour that goes with your uniform ? Do you suit a beard or long hair (or even no hair) ?

Which has the best tastes - does it stop you listening or watching or reading what you like ? Does it have restrictions or commands on 'bad' foods, does it teach vegetarianism but you love a steak ?

Who has the best/most lavish/enjoyable/frequent holidays ?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 13:18:51 BDT
Bellatori says:
Hi Kod...

You have to admit that my afterlife lottery was easier. You actually have to do nothing... you wait, it happens and you find out or simply remain as a dark stain on the floor depending on whether there is a god or not...

What you are suggesting requires effort. I would have to find pencil, paper, make sure I get all the religions (suppose for an awful minute that I forget Umbingo Umbongo from darkest Africa and he turns out to be the one... ) and then keep picking.... I'm exhausted just thinking about it...

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 13:20:35 BDT
I do love Umbongo, and they drink it in the Congo. Think you're onto something there - see, religion just sneaks up on you and the right one appears when you're least expecting it !!

But what if the right religion doesn't accept you when you knock on the respective pearly gates ?

Posted on 2 Apr 2013 14:14:05 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Apr 2013 14:15:30 BDT

Seems to cover all the important questions.

Posted on 2 Apr 2013 14:55:02 BDT
Dan Fante says:
I asked a variation on this at first school, i.e. how do we know we are right and other religions are wrong? Luckily the head, who was a nice bloke and who taught RE, took this for the genuine question it was and not the work of Satan. So instead of getting a clip round the lug he said "I don't know". I think my religious skepticism began then.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 15:13:56 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 15:18:46 BDT
Dan Fante says:
Do we have to fill in the missing words?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 15:25:06 BDT
Bellatori says:
That is genuinely very funny. I always admire and feel a little jealous of people who can come up with quirky things like that!!

Posted on 2 Apr 2013 15:36:26 BDT
Had to ruin it with magical underwear ...
Where would Sikhs fit on this thing ?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 15:37:33 BDT
Dan Fante says:
Thing or thong?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 15:40:02 BDT
Norm Deplume says:
"See who has the nicest...knockers."

Well, that's certainly one way to choose, but it runs the chance of being a complete bust.

Posted on 2 Apr 2013 15:56:01 BDT
TomC says:
Here's a sensible scientific approach

Posted on 2 Apr 2013 15:57:54 BDT
Aidan says:
The question of why choose one religion over another is an argument thrown in to try and dismiss all religion and Faith. The logic that all can't be right so none therefore can be right. This then misses the point that Faith is a universal human experience. Think of all the human societies that have been cut of from the world, none discovered have been found to be atheist. All religions share common experience of the other that somehow we are more than just our physical selves. In a world of the demand for instant gratification in an increasingly fast paced life I can understand that people wouldn't have the time to contemplate spirituality. I have a strong Faith that is relevant to me and makes sense. It gives meaning and purpose to my life, would I have followed another religion if born somewhere else I don't know. It is just as possible that if that were the case I would have rejected it and spent my life feeling something was missing.
I am a Christian I have given my children the benefit of sharing my belief, they can make their own choices as you can't force people to have Faith. You may have children who will accept or reject your Faith. Even the most ardent atheist can have children who will frustrate them and join a religion

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 15:58:45 BDT
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